CES 2012 Favorites: ETON FRX3 Crank Radio
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the worldâ€™s largest consumer technology trade show. Nearly 150,000 attendees are on hand to check out over 2500 exhibitors showcasing their latest products on more than 1.6 million feet of exhibit space. This trade show is massive!
Since consumer electronics are the hottest and (still) fastest growing gift segment, CES gives me a chance to get an early look at some great gadgets. CES also is a great place to spot the bigger picture trends in the electronics arena.
The sheer amount of products at CES is staggering, but I have turned Las Vegas upside down and found some cool ones that should make great gifts. Here are some of my favorites from CES 2012.
The Product: The FRX3 from ETON (available Winter 2012 for around $60)
The Scoop: ETON makes some great hand-crank operated emergency devices. You can add the FRX3 to that list. As part of the FRX series, the “3″ model is a versatile unit great for home or car use when you’re really in a pinch. Key features include AM/FM radio (w/ display), flashlight, weather alert, and headphone output. My favorite feature however, is the FRX3′s ability to hold and dump power into a smart phone.
And because the unit powered by either a solar panel or a hand turbine, you’re only seconds away from being able to power up your phone, the flashlight or radio. At less than 1.5 lbs with a small and easy-to-handle form factor, it’s easy to store in a closet, in a bedside table drawer or in car.
A Great Gift For: A little piece of mind when there’s a power outage or trouble on the road. Also, a great gift to give to the new driver to stash in a car.